Emergency Medical Technology Two levels of certificate training are provided in Emergency Medical Technology. In addition, an Associate of Applied Science Degree option is available. 

Emergency Medical Technician This seven-credit-hour course is designed to prepare students for the EMT licensure examination administered by the Arkansas Department of Health. The course includes an overview of EMS systems, well being of the EMT, airway assessment and management, CPR, introduction to human anatomy and physiology, dealing with trauma, splinting, use of spine motion restriction devices, bandaging, emergency care of patients experiencing a medical emergency, and other approved equipment, techniques, and procedures. Upon completion, the student is awarded the Certificate of Proficiency. Applications and additional information are available from the college Enrollment Services Office. 

Paramedic

This program requires an application.

The Paramedic program consists of three semesters of concentrated study including classroom, hospital clinical experiences, and field internship rotations with an Advanced Life Support ambulance service. A minimum of 1200 contact hours is required for course completion to include: 1) 600 classroom and laboratory hours, 2) 300 hospital clinical hours, and 3) 300 hours of ALS ambulance field internship. 

The Paramedic is currently the highest classification of Emergency Medical Services Professional (EMSP) in Arkansas. EMSPs are health professionals concerned primarily with pre-hospital care of acutely ill and injured patients. EMSPs perform such measures as CPR, extrication of patients from constraining environments, initial patient assessment, stabilization, and emergency and routine transport to healthcare facilities. Paramedics play an expanded role in administering emergency care using invasive techniques through standing orders, and they may assist in various basic settings, such as the Emergency Room (ER) or Intensive Care Unit. South Arkansas Community College's Emergency Medical Technology Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of Committee on Accreditation of Education Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions. 

Students completing the three semesters of Paramedic courses will be awarded a Technical Certificate. Students are then eligible to sit for the state or national registry licensure exam.  Students may earn Associate of Applied Science Degree by completing the additional 30-hour general education requirement.

Admission Process

Admission Process

The Arkansas Department of Health approves enrollment limits per class for the EMT and Paramedic programs. Contact the Enrollment Services Office for information and application packets.

The Emergency Medical Technology program requires students to perform clinical and field internship rotations with approved hospital and ambulance service affiliates. Students enrolled in the EMT and Paramedic programs may be required to complete certain background checks, drug screens, and provide immunization records or receive vaccinations in order to comply with health and safety standards established by the affiliates. At a minimum, applicants to the EMT and Paramedic professional programs MUST provide proof of immunity to varicella. Proof may consist of 1) proof of vaccination, 2) statement of physician verifying that student had varicella, or 3) varicella antibody titer indicating immunity.

Applicants to the EMT program MUST:

  1. be at least 18 years of age upon completion of the program.
  2. submit official copy of high school transcript, college transcript, and/or GED scores if applicable.
  3. submit proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification or Arkansas Department of Health approved equivalent course.

Applicants to the Paramedic professional program MUST:

  1. be at least 18 years of age.
  2. submit official copy of high school transcript, college transcript, and/or GED scores if applicable.
  3. submit proof of current Arkansas certification or licensure as an EMT or Advanced EMT.
  4. submit proof of current American Heart Association Health Care Provider CPR certification or Arkansas Department of Health approved equivalent course.
  5. submit a physical examination form documenting good physical and mental health upon being admitted.
  6. submit three written references on forms provided by the Paramedic program describing character and professional attitude.
  7. submit basic studies test scores.
  8. interview with the program director and medical director.

Competitive components of the required information are:

  1. three written references as to character and professional attitude.
  2. basic studies test scores.
  3. interview(s) with the program director and medical director.

Certificate of Proficiency - Emergency Medical Technician

Certificate of Proficiency - Emergency Medical Technician

EMERGENCY MEDICAL TECHNICIAN
Certificate of Proficiency
COURSE   SEM.HR.
EMT 1007 Emergency Medical Technician 7
Required BSTD courses can be completed concurrently with this course.

Technical Certificate - Paramedic

Technical Certificate - Paramedic

PARAMEDIC
Technical Certificate
FALL SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
EMT 1012 Human Systems and Assessment 2
EMT 1011 EMS Environment I 1
EMT 1013 Shock and Fluid Therapy 3
EMT 1023 Emergency Respiratory Care 3
EMT 1022 Pharmacology 2
EMT 1033 Intermediate Clinical Rotation 3
Semester Total 14
 
SPRING SEMESTER
COURSE SEM.HR.
EMT 1015 Emergency Cardiac Care 5
EMT 1043 Traumatology 3
EMT 1053 Medical Emergencies I 3
EMT 1014 Paramedic Clinical Rotation I 4
EMT 2232 Assessment Based Management 2
Semester Total 17
 
LONG SUMMER TERM
COURSE SEM.HR.
EMT 2112 Medical Emergencies II 2
EMT 2022 EMS Environment II 2
EMT 2101 Paramedic Clinical Rotation II 1
EMT 2224 Field Internship I 4
EMT 2234 Field Internship II 4

Basic Studies Requirements:

Reading - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 41 or above (or) COMPASS 82 or above (or) complete BSTD 0113 Reading Skills II. Students testing into basic studies reading are required to take the Nelson-Denny reading test for placement into the appropriate reading class.

Writing - ACT 19 or above (or) ASSET 42 or above (or) COMPASS 75 or above (or) complete BSTD 0213 Fundamentals of Writing II.

Math - ACT 16 or above (or) ASSET Numerical Skills 42 or above (or) COMPASS 49 or above (or) complete BSTD 0413 Elementary Algebra.

SAS - A course required for all first-time, full-time degree-seeking students and students who test into two or more basic studies courses.

Required BSTD courses must be completed prior to admission into the Paramedic program.

Statistics

Statistics

Year 
Arkansas 
License  
Required 
Accepted 
Gradauted 
% 
Retention 
Attempt 
Exam 
Pass 
First 
Try 
Pass 
Later 
Did Not 
Pass 
% 
Pass 
Written
National
 

Average 
Pass Rate 

Written
Arkansas
 
Pass Rate 
Practical
Exam
Pass Rate
%
 Job 
Placement
%
2001-02
Yes
14
12
85.7
12
9
3
0
100
NA
NA
NA
NA
2002-03
Yes
11
8
72.7
8
8
NA
0
100
NA
NA
NA
NA
2003-04
Yes
6
5
83.3
5
5
NA
0
100
NA
NA
    NA     
NA
2004-05
Yes
12
8
66.6
8
5
NA
3
63
NA
NA
NA
NA
2005-06
Yes
18
16
88.9
16
13
NA
3
81
NA
NA
NA
NA
2006-07
Yes
12
9
75.0
9
8
NA
1
89
63
NA
NA
NA
2007-08
Yes
15
13
86.7
13
9
NA
4
69
64
NA
NA
NA
2008-09
Yes
12
10
83.3
10 
2
70.0 
68 
NA 
100
NA
2009-10
Yes
24
22
91.6
22
12
 5
5
 77.2
70
NA
100
100
2010-11
Yes
 19
 16
 84.2
 16
 13
 0
3
81.2
70
NA
100
100
2011-12
Yes
26
24
92.3
 24
17
5
91.6
 70
 NA
100
75
2012-13
Yes
18
18
100.0
18
9
7
2
88.8
70
NA
100
78
2013-14
Yes
18
16
88.8
14
9
2
3*
78.5
70
NA
100
100
2014-15
Yes
26
22
84.6
22
22
18
4
100.0
70
NA
100
100
2015-16
Yes
28
In Process
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic

Associate of Applied Science - Paramedic

PARAMEDIC
Associate of Applied Science Degree
Students desiring an Associate of Applied Science Degree will be required to complete the requirements of a Technical Certificate and the following general education requirements.
COURSE   SEM.HR.
ENGL 1113 Composition I 3
ENGL 1123 Composition II 3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology, 3
  American Government, U.S. History, or Approved Elective 3
CSCI 1003 Computers and Information Processing 3
  Physical Science Elective* 4
  Biological Science Electives** 8
  Intermediate Algebra (BSTD 0513) 0
Total 27
 
*PHYS 2024/L, CHEM 1014/L, CHEM 1024/L, or CHEM 1124/L.
**BIOL 1004/L, BIOL 1024/L, MBIO 1124/L, or BIOL 2064/L and BIOL 2074/L.
 
TOTALS FOR EMT-PARAMEDIC ASSOCIATE DEGREE SEM. HR.
Paramedic Technical Certificate 44
General Education Requirements 27
Total Credit Hours 71
 

If you are interested in further information regarding these programs, contact:
Dean of Health and Natural Sciences
Phone: 870-864-7102; Fax: 870-864-7140

Application Deadlines

Professional Programs Application Deadlines

To apply for admission to a HNS Professional Program, applicants must have completed:

  • All basic studies requirements.
  • All prerequisite classes (or be currently enrolled in) as specified in the SouthArk catalog for each professional program.

See SouthArk catalog for specifics regarding each program's requirements and/or consult program advisor.

Program

Class Begins

Application Deadline

LPN – Warren Days

January 2018
Spring Semester

Friday,
October 6, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Days

May 2018
Summer Semester

Friday
February 2, 2018
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN - El Dorado Evenings

August 2017
Fall Semester

Friday
June 2, 2017
By 12:00 p.m.

LPN-to-RN

January 2018
Spring Semester

August 31, 2017
By 5:00 p.m.
Application Open Now

Surgical Technology

Fall Semester 
2017

June 15, 2017

OTA

Summer Semester
2017

March 31, 2017

PTA

Summer Semester
2017

March 1, 2017

Radiologic Technology

Fall Semester
2017

 March 27, 2017

EMT

  Fall & Spring 
Semester

 No Application Process – 
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Paramedic

August 2016

  July 20, 2016

Respiratory Therapy

Fall Semster
2017

June 30, 2017

Coding - HIT

August 2017

No Application Process –
Open Enrollment Until Filled 

Phlebotomy

Fall Semester
2017

Applications Available Until Filled

Advisory Council

Advisory Council

Tommy Rich, NREMT-P, IC EMS Representative - ProMed Ambulance
Chad Mosby, NREMT-P, IC EMS Representative - El Dorado Fire Department
Terry Bracy, EMT-A EMS Representative - Basic EMT
Amanda Warren-Newton, NREMT-P EMS Representative - Columbia County Ambulance
Dusty Smith, NREMT-P EMS Representative - Ashley County/SouthArk EMS
Randy Evans, NREMT-P Industrial EMS Representative - Anthony Forest Products
Eddie Rowland, EMT-A EMS Representative - Ouachita County EMS
Wesley Harper, Fire Chief First Responder - Norphlet Fire Department
Kendal Wilson, RN, Flight Medic Hospital Representative, Medical Center of South Arkansas
Keith Carter, Program Dir.
Pafford Air One
Randy Gorman, Graduate Student
Graduate, 2015 Graduating Class
Will Silvey, EMT, Student Student Representative, 2009 Graduating Class
   

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